Fish lovers already know their diet – high in omega-3 polyunsaturated fats - is helping to keep their heart and their brain healthy.
Now new research has shown that fish consumption can help protect our ‘tail end’.
A review of more than 40 studies on diet and cancer risk has shown that fish consumption is beneficial in reducing the risk of developing or dying from bowel cancer.
The review, published in the American Journal of Medicine, found regular fish intake reduced the overall risk of bowel cancer by 12 per cent.
In particular, rectal cancer was reduced by an impressive 21 per cent.
The study does not reveal what aspects of fish consumption help protect the bowel. It may be the omega-3s or the fact that eating a couple of fish meals each week reduces the intake of red meat.
Australian dietary guidelines encourage fish consumption as an important source of lean protein, omega-3s, iodine and vitamin B12.
If you’re not already enjoying a couple of fish meals each week, try to incorporate some oily fish, such as salmon into your diet.
For more information visit our Dietary Guidelines webpage.